Delaware’s state teachers union got one of its wishes Monday when the state committee charged with adjusting the salaries of public school workers announced it will push its monthly meeting back an hour.
Mark Holodick, education secretary and chair of the Public Education Compensation Committee said at the start of Monday’s regular meeting that starting next month, the committee will meet at 4:30 p.m. rather than 3:30.
The earlier time meeting makes it difficult for teachers to attend, particularly elementary school teachers, since many of them are on the clock until 4:30 p.m.
Union officials had blamed the lack of teachers attending for one reason the committee voted last month to delay any formal recommendations on salary until next year.
Sen. Brian Pettyjohn, R-Georgetown, pointed out that the meetings should be held on Monday and Friday, so they won’t conflict with legislators on the committee having to attend General Assembly sessions Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Rep. Mike Smith, R-Pike Creek; Sen. Laura Sturgeon, D-Hockessin, chair of the Senate education committee, and Rep. Kim Williams, D-Stanton, chair of the House education committee, also are members of the 15-person committee.
After the committee voted to delay its recommendations, which is allowed in the bill that created the committee, the Delaware State Education Association – the teacher’s union – called for educators to attend the committee meetings. That led to a move to have the meeting start later in the day.
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That point is underscored by the fact that there is just one current educator is on the committee: Christina School District’s Dave Kohan.
“Now, elementary educators have time after dismissal to get the things done that they need to get done, and to be fully engaged in our meetings,” Holodick said.
Raised in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, Jarek earned a B.A. in journalism and a B.A. in political science from Temple University in 2021. After running CNN’s Michael Smerconish’s YouTube channel, Jarek became a reporter for the Bucks County Herald before joining Delaware LIVE News.
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